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entanglement

[en-tang-guh l-muh nt]
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noun
  1. the act of entangling.
  2. the state of being entangled.
  3. something that entangles; snare; involvement; complication.
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Origin of entanglement

First recorded in 1630–40; entangle + -ment
Related formsin·ter·en·tan·gle·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for entanglement

entanglement

noun
  1. something that entangles or is itself entangled
  2. a sexual relationship regarded as unfortunate, damaging, or compromising
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Word Origin and History for entanglement

n.

1640s, from entangle + -ment. Foreign entanglements does not appear as such in Washington's Farewell Address, though he nonetheless warns against them. The phrase is found in William Coxe's 1798 memoirs of Sir Robert Walpole.

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